Traveling to High Risk Countries

All UM faculty, staff, and students traveling for UM-related activities to High Risk Countries MUST submit a Risk Management Plan (PDF) to UM’s International Travel Review Committee for approval at least 30 days prior to departure via email to Travelers are advised to delay the purchase of non-refundable tickets until they receive travel approval from the committee.

Determine if You’re Traveling to a High Risk Country

  • Consult the Center for Disease Control website. Countries with a Warning Level 3 require a Risk Management Plan.

  • Consult the U.S. Department of State color-coded map and locate the country to which you wish to travel.

    - Using the legend on the right, determine the travel advisory level for your country and refer to the following table.

Travel Advisory Level (map color)
 Travel Advisory Levels
Risk Management Plan Required 
Orange or Red (solid or striped)  Levels 3 & 4 Yes
White or Yellow (striped) Levels 1 & 2 Yes, if traveling to high risk regions within the country (select “more info” in the pop-up window to view high risk regions within the country)
White or Yellow (solid) Levels 1 & 2 No

The University may require any traveler to seek a prior permission for travel from the committee if the travel raises serious safety concerns or may be outside insurance coverage areas


Conditions and Approval Process

The committee will take into consideration a number of factors including, but not limited to:

  • academic necessity and appropriateness of the travel
  • personal preparedness
  • adequacy of the measures to mitigate the specific health and safety risks

The committee shall determine if travel will be approved and with what, if any, conditions. If approved, travelers will be required to sign an Agreement and Acknowledgement of Risk document.


About the International Travel Review Committee

The committee consists of representatives from Global Engagement and Environmental Health and Risk Management in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel. In certain circumstances the committee may contact external parties including but not limited to Curry Health Center and regional experts.